INCREASING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
How Planners Can Help You
What can you accomplish within a 24-hour day?
A lot, you might say. But even if you did, can you say you've accomplished "everything" you've set out to do? We hope your answer is YES.
But if you ever find yourself still wondering for the best answer to this question, you've already succumbed to poor planning practices. That's a bit of bad news right there. You haven't managed your time well enough to complete tasks you've wanted to do even if you're up to the brim with them.
It's a typical issue but one with a solution.
Time Management Woes
No one starts out in life a planning genius. Why? Keeping organized is something we typically figure out how to do ourselves. Some people become good at it and some don't. We struggle from day one because we lack the help we need.
We're not born with great time management skills, you see.
And so the question remains, how can we become organized in a way that would guarantee productivity every day of our lives? And to that we say, use a planner and surprise yourself how easily you can be transformed.
Prioritizing, organizing schedules and keeping track of your time will be a breeze once you have an idea how to get started. Let's help you out.
Having a planner is going to change your life. It'll improve it with positive changes. And it will help you stay focused on what's important- even systematize levels of it subject to your needs. Believe it or not, this is more complicated than you think.
Living in the digital age is one big distraction and we know that perfectly well. It's not easy to keep your life together when you're constantly distracted. Sound familiar? It should. Are you holding your phone right now? Then distracted is what you are.
If you have a checklist of things to do each day, you're already on track in this adventure. However, planners should contain much more than just a daily to-do list. It should be more personal and made-for-you and your life's milestones.
Planners also act as a coach and a guide for you. You grow as your pages progress. And this personal development is prompted by how well you create your steps - at your own pace. True enough, there are planners that offer that kind of flexibility.
How To Manage A Planner
One thing we know for sure is that life's unexpected. How about making that the main backdrop of your planner. You begin simply by defining a goal. Make it clear and measurable. Write it down at the beginning of the pages so you'd know where it is as you go forward. Page one in your planner should be about you and your dreams. You list them out should you have plenty of them. There's no limit.
Building a planner is a map towards achieving your goals. First of all, you're in charge of it. Yes, YOU. Simply write each goal down - what is it you want to do? What needs to be done? For example, if you want to become a singer, write down "learn one song (step one)" and "record your own voice singing it (step two)." And then you progress from there.
Next,tool up! Find the materials you need to get started on this journaling roadmap. Bear in mind that keeping a journal or planner is something you must commit to doing - meaning you should be contributing to the pages day in and day out. It follows that you get the tools you need like getting a notebook or a planner that contains monthly, weekly or daily pages with spaces for you to write on. And then get a reliable pen to write those pages with. These two are the basics. You'd need more later on.
Get started. Do not limit yourself to a single idea. You have a lifetime of experience to draw inspiration from. Also, note that keeping a planner should not pressure you into writing something, anything. Otherwise, you'd end up with random thoughts on your pages that don't make sense. Actually, planners help you get organized - both in thoughts and actions. In so doing, how you think and what you do will be carefully structured and mapped out. And YOU did that at the end of the day. Yey!
Keep at it. Don't stop. The more you progress in charting your planner, you'll realize that you'd have improved your ability to keep your day to day tasks on track. You'd become more efficient at managing your time. Your own efforts will lead you to your goals. One day, you may flip through page one again to read back on your goals and find yourself already there.